Following strong showings at the G League Elite Camp and the Draft Combine, Syracuse forward Oshae Brissett will keep his name in the 2019 NBA Draft. Brissett announced the decision on Twitter. After two seasons at Syracuse, his career with the Orange is over.
Syracuse will always be home❤️🙏🏾.. pic.twitter.com/r8SozVoylY
— Oshae Brissett (@Obrissy) May 21, 2019
The combine can be a difference-maker for a lot of players, which proved positive for Brissett. The Canadian combo forward measured at 6-foot-7 without shoes and registered a 7-foot wingspan (+5). He also recorded in with 2.9 percent body fat — the best number at the combine.
While mostly manning the corners on the back line of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, Brissett posted a 3.4 percent block rate. He was one of eight ACC players this season to play 50 percent of his team’s minutes, and post a three percent block rate and a 1.5 percent steal rate. (Note: Three of those eight players were on Syracuse’s roster. This is a benefit of playing in a zone.)
Brissett has a ways to go as a shooter; he’s never been a super efficient offensive player (career 42.2 eFG%). Through his two seasons at Syracuse, he was a sub-31 percent 3-point shooter (227 3PA). He also shot under 55 percent overall at the rim, which isn’t great considering his physical attributes.
It will also be interesting to see how he works as a man-to-man defender. Brissett just spent the last two seasons playing zone defense on 99 percent of his half-court possessions.
I want to thank Oshae Brissett for all he did in his two years with our program. He was an important part of two NCAA Tournament teams at Syracuse. We appreciate his contributions and now wish him the best of luck.
— Jim Boeheim (@therealboeheim) May 22, 2019
Speaking of Syracuse, the departure of Brissett creates a serious hole for the Orange, too. Brissett started all 71 games during his career, playing 35.7 minutes per game and averaging 13.7 points and 7.5 rebounds. He was a valuable rebounder — finishing his time at Syracuse with a defensive rebound rate of 18.8 percent.